Modern dentures are a comfortable and convincing way to restore your smile, and they require proper care and maintenance to stay in working order. They can warp or stain if they are not cleaned properly, causing discomfort and making them less visually appealing. Bad denture habits can also allow uncontrolled growth of bacteria, threatening the patient’s oral and dental health. Here are a few tips to help you care for your dentures and protect your investment.
You Still Need to Brush
Some people might think that dentures do not need to be brushed because they are not real teeth. Nothing could be further from the truth. Like natural teeth, dentures need to be brushed twice a day to clean away food particles and harmful bacteria. Some dentists say dentures should be brushed after every meal. Dirty dentures can lead to foul breath and an inability to taste foods. Gently use a soft-bristled toothbrush to remove food particles from your dentures before soaking them in cleaner.
Stick With Flossing and Antibacterial Mouthwash
Just as plaque and bacteria can grow on the visible surface of your dentures, they can also grow in hard-to-reach places. You must use floss to clean between the teeth. You should also use antibacterial mouthwash. These will help keep your dentures clean while preventing infections that can lead to gum disease.
Keep Seeing Your Dentist
Even with dentures, you still need to see a dentist every six months. Your provider will monitor your oral health and make sure your dental appliances are in good shape. They can also help you understand how to take better care of your dentures and adjust them if they do not fit correctly. Your dentist can perform all necessary repairs, so don’t try to fix them with superglue they break.
Take Them Out at Night
While today’s dentures are extremely comfortable, they are not to be worn while sleeping. If dentures are not taken out and cleaned regularly, the space between them and the gums can provide the ideal breeding ground for bacteria. Be sure to remove them before bed, clean them, and soak them in an appropriate cleanser while you sleep.
Dentures are a great way to restore a smile, but they require a little upkeep to stay in working order. If you can keep up with proper maintenance, your dentures will remain beautiful and keep you healthy for years.
About the Practice
The talented team at Clear Coast Dental has spent decades serving patients throughout the community of New Bedford, MA. Led by Drs. Akbar, Herr, and Luccio, the staff provides a warm, welcoming environment for excellent care through the latest technology. Specialties include general, cosmetic, restorative, and emergency dentistry along with denture services. If you want to know more about proper care for your dentures, contact the office online or dial (508) 812-9294.